Coping With 2020

Coping With 2020

Accepting Things We Cannot Control What a year. As of this writing, 2020 is three-fourths over, there is no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic and the most hotly contested presidential election in recent memory is less than three weeks away. Stress, depression,...
Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story

Enhancing Your Partnership with Active Constructive Responding There is a joke among mental health professionals that marriage counseling is about teaching couples how to fight. While there is some truth to that old joke, marriage counseling is really about teaching...
The Passive-Aggressive Partner

The Passive-Aggressive Partner

How to Recognize Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Your Spouse or Partner What does it mean to be passive-aggressive? The roots of passive-aggressiveness are in low self-esteem. Passive-aggressive people have a fear of, and therefore an aversion to, direct confrontation....
Why Do I Act That Way?

Why Do I Act That Way?

When was the last time you snapped at a partner, friend, or family member and then asked yourself, “Why did I react that way?” “Why did that make me angry?” “Why do I feel so ignored or invalidated?” Chances are these seemingly automatic, shoot-from-the-hip responses...
How Can Therapy Give Me Closure?

How Can Therapy Give Me Closure?

Closure is an artificial construct in our society. There is an innate human need to put our past experiences in a neat little box up on a shelf and say, “Well, that’s over,” but that is not always the case. Sometimes our experiences have long...